Inventory on city toilets and urinals among councilors' proposed legislation

Santa Fe city councilors introduced a wide variety of bills and resolutions Wednesday.

They include:

A resolution directing city staff to complete an inventory of all toilets and urinals at city facilities to determine the need and cost for low-flow replacements. The resolution, sponsored by City Councilor Peter Ives, is part of an effort to conserve water.

Ives signed on as a co-sponsor of a resolution headed by Mayor Javier Gonzales to authorize the Parks and Recreation Department to establish a lower, special rate for military veterans at the city's four recreation facilities. Gonzales introduced the idea during his State of the City address.

City Councilor Ron Trujillo introduced an ordinance that would allow the City Council "to make speed limit alterations" in the city through the adoption of a resolution. Trujillo said the city's traffic engineer would still have to conduct a traffic study but that the ordinance would give the council the power, by resolution, to increase or decrease the speed limit on a particular street.

Trujillo also introduced an ordinance to change the level of security required for professional baseball games at Fort Marcy Ball Park. Security would still be required, but Trujillo questioned whether guards needed to be armed.

"In three years, there hasn't been an incident," said Trujillo, a big fan of the Santa Fe Fuego baseball team.

City Councilor Patti Bushee is sponsoring a resolution accepting the so-called Mayor's Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets and directing city staff "to explore the resources and programs to promote safer streets for pedestrians and bicyclists."

City Councilor Joseph Maestas introduced a resolution "directing staff to evaluate the dedication provision of the municipal gross receipts tax ordinance, subsection 18-10.4 SFCC 1987."

Councilors Bill Dimas, Carmichael Dominguez, Signe Lindell and Chris Rivera didn't introduce any new legislation Wednesday.

As these bills and resolutions make their way through council committees, expect updates from The New Mexican. 

(1) comment

Joseph Hempfling

and no mention of additional public toilets for tourists and residents?? If Santa Fe wants to be everyone's favorite vacation destination it should be able to provide suitable facilities like toilets perhaps even timed self cleaning ones like in Japan. Or are we going to blame not having them on our homeless population, always a lame and fall back excuse. Time to step up to the plate on this one, in my opinion.

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